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Effects of Climatic Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest Sector
James M. Vose (ed); David L. Peterson (ed); Toral Patel-Weynard (ed)
A scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the U.S. relative to climatic variability and change. The report includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects. By the end of the 21st century, forest ecosystems in the U.S. will differ from those of today as a result of changing climate. Although increases in temperature, changes in precipitation, higher atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), and higher nitrogen (N) deposition may change ecosystem structure and function, the most rapidly visible and most significant short-term effects on forest ecosystems will be caused by altered disturbance regimes. For ex., wildfires, insect infestations, pulses of erosion and flooding, and drought-induced tree mortality are all expected to increase during the 21st century. Some areas may be particularly vulnerable because current infrastructure and resource production are based on past climate and steady-state conditions. Human communities that have diverse economies and are resilient to change today will also be prepared for future climatic stresses. Figures. This is a print on demand report.
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